God has many charges against Israel.
1. Lack of knowledge about God
2. Breaking Vows
6. False Worship
7. Idol Worship
These charges have real consequences.
1. Land Mourns
2. People waste away
3. Animals, birds and fish disappear
4. Sin increases
5. Drought and Famine
When I look at the two lists, I see many similarities in our world today. Our culture lives as if there is no God and no consequences for our actions. If I’m honest, I do as well. When I read through the Old Testament, I get so frustrated with the stupidity of the people, always turning from God. It’s very easy to point to the issues of others. When I take inventory of my life, I find that my pattern looks very much the same as Israel’s.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.